The Taliban has become a much more potent adversary in Afghanistan by improving its own tactics and finding gaps in the U.S. military playbook, according to senior American military officials who acknowledged that the enemy’s resurgence this year has taken them by surprise.
U.S. rules of engagement restricting the use of air power and aggressive action against civilians have also opened new space for the insurgents, officials said.
- Pentagon Condemns Taliban for Claiming Captured U.S. Soldier Joined Their Cause (foxnews.com)
- General warns on Afghan deadline (bbc.co.uk)
- Conway: U.S. Withdrawal Deadline Boosts Taliban in Afghan War (blogs.wsj.com)